This article is part of our NASCAR Barometer series.
The NASCAR Cup series ran its first double-header weekend in multiple decades at Pocono Raceway last weekend with Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin taking turns chasing one another to the checkered flag. Harvick took Saturday's victory with a comfortable margin over Hamlin in the final fuel run, while Hamlin reversed the tables Sunday to move back atop the winner's list with four wins on the season. The back-to-back races were originally part of the 2020 schedule that was announced last season, but seemed almost normal after the series returned to racing after the pandemic to run multiple races at multiple tracks. While both races were delayed due to weather, which has become another familiar trend this season, all miles were run as scheduled and continued to solidify the playoff contenders as the regular season begins making its way to conclusion.
Another unique weekend is on tap for this week's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the Brickyard 400 sharing a co-headlining weekend with IndyCar. NASCAR's Xfinity series and the Indycars will race on the speedway's infield roadcourse while the Cup series takes center stage for its annual 400-mile race on the oval. Kevin Harvick won last year's visit from pole to score his second win at the track.
Kevin Harvick – Harvick tuned his car to be the fastest in the final stage on Saturday to earn his first career win at Pocono Raceway. He held off Denny Hamlin to win his third race of the season to equal